No one was sure what to expect from Stephen Strasburg in his first start since returning from the disabled list. Would he be able to return to the dominant form we saw before he suffered the upper-back strain? He did much more than that, throwing 6.2 no-hit innings before getting pulled by manager Dusty Baker.
Strasburg's pitch count climbed to 109 pitches when he was pulled. Eugenio Suarez of the Cincinnati Reds advanced to third after a walk, a wild pitch and a ground out in the seventh inning before Baker finally decided to make the change.
The combined no-hit bid was broken up in the top of the eighth as Matt Belisle gave up a single to Ramon Cabrera.
Strasburg remains undefeated on the season with a 10-0 record that will almost certainly improve to 11-0 by game's end.
This, of course, is not the first time the Nationals have used caution with their start pitcher. Everyone remembers when Strasburg was shutdown for the season in 2012 after reaching an innings limit placed on him following Tommy John surgery. That move was hotly debated.
Did Baker make the right move with Strasburg? Let us know what you think.
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